Bellevue, WA, United States | Member Since 2007
I have been wanted to read/listen to Les Mis for years, having seen the musical production a dozen times or more. It was not until the recent movie that I was inpired to delve into Hugo's thome.
I liked it, a lot, but I didn't quite love it. There was lots I learned, the deeper story, connections between characters, etc., that is not included in the musical & movie, and I enjoyed understanding that back story more. That's one of the many reasons books are generally better than movies. I appreciated the depth of character development and story. What I didn't appreciate were details of the battle of Waterloo or the instracacies of the Paris sewer system that didn't really move the story forward.
I think there was also something lost, for me, in listening to this book. The narration was lovely, including the French names & places spoken with a beautiful accent. And that was my problem. I don't know the French language and when the narrator spoke the name of a person or place I didn't recognize from one time to the next; it just didn't stick with me, which left me confused at times as I wasn't sure if we were talking about a person or place that had already been introduced. I think had I read it, I would have at least recognized those names/places, even if I couldn't say them.
I am looking forward to revisiting both the stage production and movie to see if I can find things that I hadn't noticed before, but now know they reference the book.
Should you listen to this? Absolutely.
Girl with Glasses is just ok. Not bad, just ok. Parts of it rang true in my life as both a GWG and when the story took place; it sounds like we are about the same age. Generally I was more intrigued by the era than the chronicles of her glasses.
Generally I liked the book at the author's story of being more intentional in seeking out happiness in her life. I listned to the book, which the author narrates, and in this case, I think another narrator would have been a better choice. As I listned to the book I was challenged, encouraged, and sometimes even discouraged by Rubin's experiences, and sometimes all at the same time. While I appreciate all that she did, hearing her story created stress for me as I thought "how can I do it all?" I think that is part of her point, though: you can't do it all. Find what works for you.
Maybe I shouldn't have first read this book in my 40s. Maybe it would have made more sense or had more meaning had I read it in middle school, when I had friends who raved about it. This just didn't do it for me. Moving on.
The dramatization was distracting and made it harder to follow the story. The audio mix was awkward and made listening in the car very difficult as some characters spoke from one side of the car, some from the other. With road noise, and even with a decent, though not amazing, stereo system, you still need narration out of all speakers to truly hear it very well.
A very enjoyable story of young Calpurnia at the end of the 19th century as she comes of age outside of Austin, TX. Her granddaddy has a profound influence on her, encouraging her to question, think and explore to define her own world.
Thank God this book is over, because it just didn't do it for me. And to see that it is a first of a series...wow...I am definitely not exploring this series anymore. It was hard to follow the story and characters, nothing drew me in, and whose first person the book was written in seemed to change and on the audio version, this was not clear. Possibly in a paper version sections are titled with who is the speaker. So glad this is over. Hopefully my next book will be better.
The story telling mechanism of this book took me a while to grow accustomed to and appreciate. Rather than being a traditional novel, this is a collection of short stories about the life of Olive Kitteridge. For me, it began as disjointed and frustrating, and by the end I really appreciated the unique story telling and the windows it opened into Olive's life.
Should I be upset at how educators and parents are portrayed? I didn't think so, until someone pointed out that I should, especially as an educator. But here's the thing: Matilda is a brilliant, cunning, child who succeeds in spite of some of the adults in her world, and because of others. There are redeeming adults in her life and the message is to rise above whatever your circumstances, even if your parents suck.
I first read this book 25 years ago (college) and thought it was amazing--poignant, timely, thought-provoking and thoughtful. Revisiting it was a disappointment. I found the story to be disjointed and odd, lacking clarity and purpose. Ethan Hawke was a dull narrator, and didn’t help bring Vonnegut’s book to life. I wish I had left things with what I remember, rather than revisiting it and shattering the memory.
My Story is Elizabeth Smart's moving and shocking experience of being kidnapped from her bed at knife point and then held captive for nine months before being rescued. Elizabeth does not hold back in telling what happened to her--rape, hunger, abuse, desparation. Her will to survive is strong, and her faith in God even stronger. What is most impressive about her story is her attitude since the event and how she chooses joy and gratitude. Her captors stole nine months of her life, and she is not allowing them to steal any more. She is a well spoken and inspiring individual.
I really enjoyed this story of William, a Chinese-American orphan in Seattle and his memories of his mother and search for her. The descriptions of the city and the time period appear to be well researched and though out. The story may be a bit predictable at times, but there are still a few surprises. It's not as strong of a story as Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, but it comes in a close second and is worth the read/listen.
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